First Phase of Rhett’s Island Restoration Complete

Partners complete the first of several projects on Altamaha WMA

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Ducks Unlimited has completed the first of multiple wetland restoration projects on Altamaha Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to improve public recreation opportunities, water quality, coastal resilience and waterfowl habitat. The property has been impacted by hurricanes and major flood events annually since 2015.

Restoration of the Rhett’s Island Unit included the installation of 12 water control structures, enhancing water management capabilities on 3 managed wetland impoundments. The work will enable GADNR managers to independently manage wetland units to provide quality habitat for shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species utilizing these areas.

Altamaha WMA is a very important area for waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds and a preeminent public waterfowl hunting area. This effort builds on the already strong partnership between GADNR and DU and ensures Georgia hunters, bird watchers and wetland-dependent wildlife have enhanced public lands into the future.

The Altamaha WMA restoration projects are funded through two North American Wetland Conservation Act grants secured by DU and funding from GADNR and FEMA. There is a second restoration project planned for the Rhett’s Island Unit in 2020 and projects planned for the Champney Island and Butler Island units.